From sports shoe to fashion statement: the sneaker has rapidly made its way from the street to the boardroom, seen on the feet of everyone from pop stars to presidents. But there still are a few dos and don’ts to these ubiquitous shoes. Our 10 rules will show you how to wear sneakers with style in (almost) every situation.
1. Choose the right pair
Sneakers come in every variation imaginable: from wild, patterned neon to sleek monochrome. The first question to ask yourself, though, is: do they suit my wardrobe? Remember, the more timeless the design, the easier it is for your shoes to cross over from a casual to a business outfit.
2. Invest in quality
High-quality leather and premium workmanship are essential if you want your sporty shoes to transition seamlessly to a formal setting.
3. Remember, opposites attract
Like no other shoes, sneakers embody urban cool. That’s why they need an elegant opposite: a modern trench coat, or a sharply cut blazer paired with fine cotton chinos, will work perfectly with low-key sneakers.
4. Wear them to work
Sneakers used to be allowed in the office only on Casual Fridays – but today they are often worn to business meetings. According to a study by Harvard Business School, casually dressed people tend to appear more confident. Contradicting certain dress codes signals that you are not dependent on the recognition of others.
If you wear sneakers with tailoring, your suit should have a slim silhouette. The ideal trouser length ends just above the ankle.
5. Complete your look
Wear your sneakers with carefully chosen leather accessories, for a coordinated style statement. The new BOSS Signature collection offers textured leather bags in modern colors, all handcrafted in Italy.
6. Keep it simple
Clean, minimalistic sneakers exude understated cool. For an elegant and pared-back look, restrict your color palette to white, black or brown.
7. Show some ankle
A small but important detail: in spring and summer, leave your socks in the drawer.
8. Add white to your collection
White is associated with lightness and freshness, so it’s no wonder that white sneakers are perennially popular. Cream or grey linings add a particularly elegant touch. Accentuated with chinos in bright colors, white sneakers offer a calming counterpoint.
9. Take good care
Invest in the right care products to keep your sneakers in optimum condition and protect them from the elements. Storing them on shoetrees will help prevent creases.
10. Know when to leave your sneakers at home
Last but not least: In situations with a strict dress code, such as black or white tie events, sneakers are still a no-no and should be given a break.